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The St. Mary’s school board Wednesday reappointed Michael Martirano as superintendent of St. Mary’s public schools for a third four-year-term.

“Stability in leadership matters,” Martirano said.

Martirano’s new term will run from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2017.

“Thank you for being more than we could imagine,” said board member Cathy Allen, who was on the school board in 2005 when Martirano was first named St. Mary’s superintendent. “It is a challenging job.”

School board members, principals and others at Wednesday’s announcement praised Martirano for his communication skills, integrity, trustworthiness and vision.

“He’s made us one of the most progressive systems in the state, if not the nation,” Garth Bowling, principal of Chopticon High School, said.

Martirano previously worked in several Maryland school systems as a science teacher, principal and school administrator. He was director of school administration in Howard County Public School before coming to St. Mary’s as superintendent.

“My entire life has been devoted to make life better for you,” Martirano said to students in the room.

Anna Laughlin, president of the local teachers’ union, said Martirano has made St. Mary’s known and respected among Maryland educators.

“I know you get it. You understand how important the people are to this school system,” Laughlin said.

Martirano took turns thanking principals, school administrators, teachers, support staff and others.

“We will not take any less than what you’ve given us so far,” Brooke Matthews, school board vice chair, said.

jyeatman@somdnews.com